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UCF coach Gus Malzahn needs to make up his mind about calling plays | Commentary

Head coach Gus Malzahn created quite a flood of discussion and debate a few days ago when he revealed that he will go back to being the chief offensive play-caller next season for UCF. Personally, I don’t understand why there is so much debate about this. Malzahn, after all, has been one of the great offensive minds in college football over the last two decades. However, I do have one question: Why does he keep giving up the play-calling duties and then changing his mind? I hearken back to something another renowned college football play-calling head coach, Steve Spurrier, once told me when...

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Johnny Dawkins’ poor-shooting UCF prepares for visit from WVU

UCF basketball coach Johnny Dawkins’ message after every game this season, win or lose, has been that his team is learning and it has to respond to what it has learned with each succeeding challenge. At Houston on Saturday, the Knights failed miserably at one part of the learning process but on another front they responded well. So it’s difficult to judge these Knights (11-6, 2-3 Big 12) as they head into another tough conference game Tuesday at 7 p.m. at home against a revitalized West Virginia squad. Controversial transfer Mikey Williams not allowed to enroll at UCF for months | Commentary The...

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College ADs cower in the presence of coaching super-agent Jimmy Sexton | Commentary

Who do you think is the most powerful person in college football? SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey? Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti? NCAA President Charlie Baker? College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock? Influential ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum? Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. You’re not even close. It’s college football coaching super-agent Jimmy Sexton, the man who has literally and legally convinced college athletic directors to sign away mega-millions, if not billions of dollars, in one-sided coaching contracts to his grateful clients over the years. Sports agent Jimmy...

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After huge win, UCF gets even bigger news with commitment from 5-star Mikey Williams

Five-star swing player Mikey Williams, the No. 26 player in the nation for the Class of 2023 (247 Sports), has committed to UCF, according to ESPN. Williams, who signed with Memphis last year, never played a game for the Tigers due to a criminal matter involving a shooting outside his San Diego County home earlier last year. He entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday and news circulated Friday that he had committed to play for the Knights. The huge news is coming off the Knights’ shocking 65-60 victory over No. 3 Kansas on Wednesday night at Addition Financial Arena. UCF (10-4) hosts No....

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Upset of blue blood Kansas elevates UCF’s profile in red-hot Big 12

UCF’s new quarterback KJ Jefferson is already part of big things going on with UCF athletics. The former Arkansas star and latest addition to the UCF football team was at Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday night, amid the fans who stormed the court after the Knights upset No. 3 Kansas 65-60. “I actually ran out there as well,” Jefferson said. “It was a great atmosphere. It was my first time being in Orlando and my first time at a basketball event [at UCF] and for the basketball team to come out and get a big victory over Kansas was big-time .. the atmosphere was great, I loved it and I can’t...

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UCF pulls off huge upset over No. 3 Kansas

The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks just could not get rid of the pesky UCF Knights basketball team at Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday night. Darius Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 14.8 seconds left before Kansas missed two desperation 3-pointers as time ran out and UCF pulled off the biggest upset in program history with a 65-60 victory over the Jayhawks. Johnson finished with 17 points, Jaylin Sellers had 18 and Ibrahima Diallo had 13 points and played tremendous defense to lead the Knights. It was a far cry from the Knights’ performance in their Big 12 opener at Kansas State on Saturday,...

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UCF’s Big 12 hoops debut goes poorly at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Tylor Perry scored 25 points and Kansas State beat UCF 77-52 on Saturday night in the Knights’ inaugural game as a Big 12 Conference member. Perry was 7 of 13 from the floor and made six 3-pointers and all five of his free throws. Arthur Kaluma added 14 points for Kansas State (11-3, 1-0), which has won eight of its last nine games. Cam Carter chipped in 12 points and blocked three shots. Perry and Carter combined for 11 of the Wildcats’ 18 assists. Will McNair Jr. scored 11 points. Darius Johnson scored 10 points for UCF (9-4, 0-1), which shot 34% (22 of 65) from the floor...

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If FSU and other college stars are getting paid, then they should play in bowl games | Commentary

With apologies to the the legendary Simon & Garfunkel and their iconic song Mrs. Robinson: “Where have you gone, Charlie Wysocki? A college football nation turns its lonely eyes to you — woo, woo, woo.” As I sat in the press box for the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl matchup Monday between Iowa and Tennessee, I thought back to the first bowl game I ever attended in this same stadium more than four decades ago. I was a wide-eyed teenager as I excitedly watched the Charley Pell-coached Florida Gators play the Jerry Claiborne-coached Maryland Terrapins in the 1980 Tangerine Bowl. I don’t remember a whole...

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Pictures: UCF Knights vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Gasparilla Bowl

UCF Knights quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) runs the ball against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the NCAA College football game in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Dec. 22, 2023. (Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel) UCF Knights wide receiver Kobe Hudson (2) runs the ball against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the NCAA College football game in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Dec. 22, 2023. (Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel) UCF Knights fans show their Christmas spirit...

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UCF eyes chance to wrap up season with win in Gasparilla Bowl

Lokahi Pauole has spent the last five years bleeding black and gold for UCF football. And like many of his teammates who are wrapping up their college careers Friday when the Knights (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) face Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3 ACC) in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl, this week has been a reflective time for the offensive lineman (ESPN, 6:30 p.m.). “They always say there are a lot of first lasts,” Pauole said after the Knights wrapped up their final home practice before traveling to Tampa. “I’ve just been soaking it all in. I’ve just been walking myself through memory lane. I remember...

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